Easy Ways to Make Money for 17-Year-Olds

Updated July 19, 2017

Preparing for graduation or going to university are on the minds of many 17-year-olds. Some of these teens are in need of savings for university or even extra cash to keep up with their social lives. Whatever the reason, there is a wide array of easy teen jobs that can be found in all communities.


Babysitting is an easy way for teens to make quick cash. You may know of parents that are in need of a babysitter, and if that's the case, then let the parents know of your willingness to watch the children. Another way to land a babysitting job is to post flyers or ads in community locations, such as the library or local schools, if you're granted permission. You could also ask your parents if they have any coworkers with children who may be in need of an occasional babysitter. When seeking babysitting jobs, it's good to have a set fee in mind, such as £4 per hour, depending on the number of children or location. If you have CPR certification from the Red Cross, it helps reassure parents that you're responsible and prepared in case of an emergency.

Craigslist Gigs

Craigslist is a website that allows individuals to post ads for free. Ads include job openings, volunteer opportunities, items for sale and gigs. To make some quick money, check out the gigs section of the website. Gigs range from labour to writing to talent to event. Search for gigs in your area, and you may find that there is something appropriate for a 17-year-old, such as helping a family move, planting trees at a person's home or repairing a car. The job may not be easy, but it is relatively simple finding opportunities on Craigslist. Beware of scams, and gain approval from your parents before contacting anyone placing a Craigslist ad. To be safe, you may want your parents to accompany you when you begin working or negotiating payments.


Are you good at math? Do you know Spanish? Are your writing skills excellent? If so, then chances are, there is a child who needs help in an academic area in which you're excelling. Tutoring a child is an easy way to earn extra money. Post flyers at your local school after obtaining permission from the administrator, or post an ad at your local library. You may even have friends who have siblings in need of help with their school work. If so, then the parents may be willing to pay you for your services. There is no set fee that tutors get paid. Determine what you're going to charge by your experience working with children, transportation or location. It may be appropriate to allow the parent to determine the value.

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Brooke Williams is a freelance writer living in Alabama. She is a former education and government reporter at a daily newspaper and has been writing since 2003. Williams received her journalism degree from Auburn University. She has written for "Health for Alabama" and "Health for Tennessee" magazines.